2016 BANKSIA NATURAL CAPITAL AWARD

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The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor by Carbon Neutral in partnership with Auscarbon, WA

Over the past eight years, Carbon Neutral has established innovative large-scale biodiverse reforestation projects extending across 11,700 hectares of the Western Australian wheatbelt – in the process creating Australia’s largest revegetation project based on carbon capture and biodiversity. Carbon Neutral develops biodiverse reforestation projects on degraded, semi-arid agricultural land that no longer supports viable farming practices. The project’s aim is to remove existing carbon from the atmosphere today and to recreate a healthy and functioning landscape, restored after decades of habitat loss and degradation. Seeds and seedlings are planted alongside fragmented remnant vegetation and nature reserves, with the design objective of restoring the project landscape to its natural condition of vegetation. This reforestation is helping to return the environment to its origins, planting species indigenous to the region. Current and future plantings form part of the Corridor providing essential connectivity for birds and animals to transition through the landscape. It provides the habitat for food, nests and protection from predators. It also encourages native animals and plants that have vanished from the area or been pushed to the brink of extinction to return and breed. The reforestation is in one of only 35 Global Biodiversity ‘Hotspots’. This Australian project works to achieve the vision of climate security and sustainable development for all. The Gold Standard certification ensures global integrity and transparency of the reforestation projects. It also verifies its multi-faceted benefits — from global climate security to restoring habitats for native biodiversity, and supporting local communities and Traditional Owners socio-economically.